Curt Cataldo, Ann Stevenson, and Lisa Rucker

Their stylish menus are enticing enough to attract a loyal clientele of discriminating diners, but not matter how expert they are, restaurant people like to take a break from their own kitchens for a taste of someone else's cooking


Published:

Curt Cataldo and his wife, Ann Stevenson, run the Clarkston Café, Clarkston Union, and Clarkston General, but they still find time to explore. “When Ann and I get off ‘campus,’ we usually have the kids in tow,” Cataldo says. “We like heading to the Fly Trap in Ferndale. Ann is practically addicted to their fried brown rice bowl, the kids go for the cheddar-only mac and cheese, and I mix it up. We like to order in on Sundays, and usually make a run to Rangoli in Auburn Hills for Indian.”  He adds: “On those rare Wednesdays when Ann and I can simultaneously escape — it’s like a lunar eclipse — we like to head north to The French Laundry in Fenton for some pecan pie and ‘us’ time.”

Lisa Rucker runs the kitchen at Milford’s Gravity Bar & Grill, and, like so many chefs, she’s pretty down-to-earth when she gets away. She likes Pei Wei in Farmington “for the lettuce wraps and rice bowls — good and inexpensive. I love the ribs at Vicky’s Barbecue in Detroit.  When I’m in the mood for a good deli sandwich, Lou’s Deli in Southfield or Star Deli are my faves.”

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

My Two Christmases

An Armenian-Iranian, Detroit-based writer reflects on transposing the holiday across continents

Sanctuary for the Senses

Castalia in Midtown offers a cocktail experience unlike any other

Local Pie Makers Offer Variety of Fillings

Area bakers offer alternative fillings for holiday pastry.

A Taste of Paris

Cannelle Patisserie chef Matt Knio’s baked goods are turning up in restaurants and markets across metro Detroit

The Big Dipper

Garden Fresh Gourmet is a shining star in the metro Detroit Food scene
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Under Wraps
    Lionel Perkins, senior project design engineer for camouflage at GM North America, unveils his...
  2. Machine Learning
    The next wave of artificial intelligence is making critical decisions in health care
  3. Heavyweight Estate
    Cadillac King Don Massey's property hits the market
  4. All About the Zip Sauce
    Food blogger and Instagram sensation, Seoung Lee, a.k.a. @chowdowndetroit, says Eddie’s Gourmet...
  5. The Meat of the Matter
    The latest West Village eatery, Marrow, carves a space for Detroit’s meat-eaters
  6. Food Recipe: Middle Eastern Spiced Roasted Carrots
    The mother-daughter team behind recipe development site, Crowded Kitchen, cooks up mindful dishes...
  7. Metrics of Mary Jane Motoring
    Research in a modest lab at John R and Mack addresses questions about cannabis and driving and...
  8. Detroit’s Got Spirits
    Inside the local craft distillery boom from Ferndale to Ann Arbor and beyond
  9. Eating in Translation
    What happens when centuries-old vegetarian traditions are transported across oceans
  10. What’s in the Stars for Detroit
    Under the pseudonym AstroTwins, celebrity astrologers Ophira and Tali Edut found their calling as...